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Rep. Cook Urges House and Senate Leadership to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Smaller Counties

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in sending a letter to House and Senate leaders requesting critical funding for small and midsize counties as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The letter requests that Congressional leaders include in this next COVID-19 legislation direct, flexible funding for all counties with populations of less than 500,000 people. Previously, the CARES Act only provided direct assistance to municipalities with populations above that population threshold, leaving out Mono, Inyo, and 40 other counties in California alone.

Last month, Rep. Cook introduced the Coronavirus County Relief and Stability Act to ensure that every county, regardless of size, receives funds to support critical services that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health departments, first responders, and agencies that care for our seniors.

Rep. Cook said, “While the CARES Act provided much-needed assistance to many Americans and some of our larger local governments, the vast majority of counties have been forced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic without direct federal assistance. All counties, regardless of size, are expected to provide the same critical services and follow the same protocols that larger counties are implementing to slow the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, I hope that leadership will address this issue in the upcoming package of relief funding. I thank my colleagues for joining with me to make sure vital resources and services reach all of our communities.”

To view a copy of the letter, please click HERE.

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Congressman Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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